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  • Ginny Ben-Ari, Director of Community Outreach, and Rabbi Paul (Shaul) R. Feinberg, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Announce Their Retirement from HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
    Ginny Ben-Ari, Director of Community Outreach, and Rabbi Paul (Shaul) R. Feinberg, Ph.D., Associate Dean, have announced their retirement from HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. Their years of distinguished and devoted service to the College-Institute will be celebrated at a special service to take place at the campus's Murstein Synagogue on Saturday, October 27, 2007.
  • Rabbi Renni S. Altman Appointed Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/NY
    "Rabbi Altman brings a depth of experience in the congregational rabbinate, a love of Torah, and a devotion to building all aspects of Reform Jewish life that promise to benefit our entire campus community in extraordinary ways," said Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean, HUC-JIR/NY.
  • Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, HUC-JIR Chancellor Emeritus, Featured in Exhibition Presented in Oberwesel, Germany
    "An American Rabbi from Oberwesel" is the title of an exhibition featuring the life and achievements of Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, which is on view in the partially restored synagogue of Oberwesel, Germany, through November 18, 2007.
  • LA Story Artist's Panel and Reception on October 23, 5:30 p.m. at HUC-JIR/NY
    This exhibition, a selection of work from ten contemporary Los Angeles Jewish artists, investigates the impact of place and the search for artistic community on the creativity of artists who share a religious, cultural and spiritual heritage.
  • Visions of Israel: Marvin Rand to Open at HUC-JIR/LA on October 23, 6:30 p.m.
    HUC-JIR/LA showcases the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Marvin Rand.
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  • The Gustav A. and Mamie W. Efroymson Memorial Lectures, November 8 and 11, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
    Dr. Noah Efron lectures on "Saving the Sanctity of Science: On American Jews & Intelligent Design" and "Christians, Jews & Human Beings: Science and Religion in the United States"
  • Regina Resnik presents "The Historic Ghetto of Venice" at HUC-JIR/New York, November 7
    World-renowned opera singer, director, and producer Regina Resnik will present a public screening of her documentary film "The Historic Ghetto of Venice" at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York on Wednesday, November 7th at 10:45 am. Resnik directed and produced the documentary with her late husband, Arbit Blatas.
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  • Women's Commentary Offers Alternative Take on Torah – Jewish Journal
    "The Torah: A Women's Commentary," will be officially unveiled in December at the 46th annual WRJ Assembly in San Diego and edited by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, a professor at HUC-JIR/LA.
  • Reform Liturgy Must Ring True or People Will Not Participate – JTA, By Rabbi Elyse Frishman
    For contemporary liberal Jews, the prayer mate for our souls must relate to our experiences, our values, our ethics, our theologies. In Reform worship, we do not attend because of halachic obligation. We might attend because of community expectation, but most often we return because the experience is meaningful.
  • Works Put Women Back in the Holocaust Picture – Baltimore Sun
    Judy Chicago: Jewish Identity, an exhibition on view at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, explores how the artist's secular Jewish upbringing, with its emphasis on social justice and civil and human rights, shaped her ideas about art and politics. The show was organized by HUC-JIR/NY, and its emotional center is a searing series of painted and photographed images from the Holocaust Project.
  • Rabbi Brings Message of Inclusion to Congregation – Stamford Advocate
    During a recent Yom Kippur service, Rabbi Allison Berry offered a special blessing to non-Jewish members of her congregation. "We know that some of you have paid a significant price for the generous decision you made to raise Jewish children," she told the parents who came forward. Rabbi Berry, N '07, served congregations in New Jersey and North Carolina as a student rabbi.
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  • AJA at URJ: Social Action in Review
    Visitors to the offices of the Union for Reform Judaism in NY can view Social Action in Review–an exhibit project co-sponsored by the URJ and the AJA. The exhibit features a unique collection of documents that highlight just a few of the interesting individuals, groups and organizations that participated in activities of social justice throughout the various eras of American Jewish history.
  • 350 Years of American Jewish History
    The lobby exhibit at the AJA–at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati–provides a compelling look at some of the iconic milestones, people and events that have shaped Jewish life in America over the past 350 years. Drawing from the expansive collections of the AJA, the exhibit features documents, photos, artifacts and film clips that convey the stories of one of America's most dynamic minority communities.
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